The Bulls had a reminder of their resiliency sitting on the bench with them on the road for the first time since the December Circus road trip. They had that reminder when Carlos Boozer toughed it out and played through an injury to start for the Bulls and help guide them back from a 14-point third quarter deficit.

Then there was Jimmy Butler sitting on the floor, still in his uniform with ice packs taped gingerly to his knees, just 20 minutes after a 128-125 triple overtime win over the Magic at Amway Center on Wednesday. Butler had played a franchise high 60 minutes in a basketball game, scoring 21 points, dishing out six assists and grabbing seven rebounds.

The man deserved some rest and respite. Maybe he deserved a cake, as Joakim Noah quipped. He might just take the win.

“I feel like we should definitely bake him a cake for playing 60 minutes,” Noah said. “There’s no better feeling than winning a basketball game.”

The win is truly all that matters for a Bulls team trying to regain their footing in the Eastern Conference and recover from injuries and trades and the general ups and downs that make up an NBA season.

This game had plenty of those too.

D.J. Augustin drained a 3-pointer with 1:07 left in regulation to give the Bulls a four-point lead. A Tobias Harris tip in off a missed Victor Oladipo 3-pointer cut the lead in half. A Joakim Noah missed layup allowed Jameer Nelson to drain a 20-foot fade-away jumper of Noah to know the game with 11 seconds left and force the first overtime.

The Bulls needed some dramatics to force a second overtime with Mike Dunleavy coming across a curl screen at the top of the key and draining an uncontested 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds left. Dunleavy missed a potential game-winning three in the corner at the end of the second overtime.